No future for factory farming

Factory farming is a global problem that requires a global solution

Every year, factory farming condemns billions of animals to lives of cruelty and suffering for a fast profit.

Farm animals experience relentless suffering at the hands of factory farming - trapped in cages, mutilated, and pumped full of antibiotics to stay alive.

The problem will get worse before it gets better. The rapid growth in demand for cheap meat and dairy means large increases are expected globally including in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the imminent future.

At World Animal Protection, we work tirelessly to ensure farmed animals live good lives by transforming the global food system and attitudes towards farm animal welfare.

A moratorium on factory farms is urgently needed to safeguard farm animal welfare, our climate, health and the environment.

Wild animal habitats

Cruel factory farming is destroying wild animal habitats to grow crops to feed farmed animals, this is having a devastating impact by:

  • Killing wildlife
  • Worsening the climate crisis
  • Poisoning our rivers
  • Creating superbugs and diseases that can transfer to humans

We believe that the welfare, treatment and attitude towards farmed animals’ lives across the world must change. Forever.

Farm animal welfare focus: Stopping the destructive animal feed trade

Cruel factory farming relies on a global trade in crops to feed farmed animals. Tropical forests are destroyed to make way for crops destined for factory farms around the world.

The special dietary needs of factory-farmed animals bred for profit drive the global trade in destructive animal feed.

Almost 80% of the world’s soybean crop is fed to farmed animals, not people. Pesticides are also used extensively, contaminating rivers and killing people and wild animals.

A moratorium on factory farming and a shift in farm animal welfare legislation would:

  • Free up land for communities to grow food for people
  • Support global food security and address the climate crisis
  • Relieve growing pressure on wild animal habitats and give wildlife a fighting chance

Factory farming is putting an extreme risk on public health and the planet’s future. Click the link below to read more in our latest report:

Five Worst Health Impacts of Factory Farming

Factory-farmed animal treatment

Animals in factory farms are bred to grow fast, have large litters, lay high numbers of eggs, or produce a maximum amount of milk. This causes great suffering over their short lifetimes.

Chickens are bred to reach their slaughter weight about twice as quickly as 40 years ago, and their legs cannot keep pace with the rapid body growth. As a result, many chickens suffer from painful, sometimes crippling leg disorders.

Ending irresponsible antibiotic use in farming

Three-quarters of the world’s antibiotics are used in animals, most on factory farms to stop stressed animals from getting sick. Antibiotic overuse causes superbugs to emerge. These can escape from farms via workers, into the food chain and our environment and waterways.

Already, the superbug crisis is responsible for 1.27 million deaths every year due to antibiotics no longer being effective.

The same low farm animal welfare conditions that give rise to superbugs can also cause diseases like bird flu or swine flu to emerge from factory farms and transfer to humans.

A moratorium and shift in farm animal welfare legislation on factory farming is the most effective way to safeguard public health and our environment.

This will lead to fewer farmed animals living in high welfare conditions, and no longer being subjected to harmful antibiotics.